SEVEN: A Performative Drawing Project

June 6, 2013


After last summer’s success with SEVEN, Montserrat Galleries has decided to do it all again with seven new artists from June 3 to August 8. Celebrations and Artist Talks will happen each week with a Grand Closing Reception: August 8. The public is welcomed to visit the gallery during the week to watch the artists’s transform each wall.

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There will be seven weeks, seven walls and seven artists who are invited to ‘draw’ directly onto the gallery walls this summer. This project highlights the performative aspects of drawing and the individual nature of each artist’s process. The gallery will be open during the making of the works, effectively putting the creative process on display. In this context, the finished drawings are the residue of the performance.


June 3 – 7: Andy Bablo
Reception: Thu., June 6, 4 – 6pm | Artist Talk at 4:30 pm

Bablo is a Montserrat Graphic Design Alum, who will utilize his design skills through the use vinyl to create his drawing for this project. In 2006 Bablo founded “STEEZ Magazine” a publication on the culture, products and community of the skate and snow world.

June 10-14: Percy Fortini-Wright
Reception: Thu., June 13, 4 – 6pm, Gallery Talk at 4:30 pm

Fortini-Wright is a Montserrat Faculty member, who will employ a wide range of painting and graffiti for his work included in this group project. Fortini-Wright interprets and portrays the world around him through his art.

June 17 – 21: Alexa Guariglia
Reception: Thu., June 20, 4 – 6pm, Gallery Talk at 4:30 pm

Guariglia, is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, her early drawings centered on the use of black ink on paper, yet have evolved into works featuring bold colors and a variety of textures. She will combine her drawing skills and her use of  bright hues to illuminate her wall.

June 24- 28: Allison Cole
Reception: Thu., June 27, 4 – 6pm, Gallery Talk at 4:30 pm

Cole is a Faculty member at Montserrat; as well as an artist, former Art Director and full-time free-lance illustrator. In 2004 her first full-length graphic novel, Never Ending Summer, was published by Alternative Comics. She will bring her artistic talent and colorful pallet to her drawing for this exhibit.

July 8-12: John C. Gonzalez
Reception: Thu., July 11, 4 – 6pm, Gallery Talk at 4:30 pm

Gonzales holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Tufts University.  Since his graduation Gonzalez has been working on a performance project entitled “Small Conversations”. For his work in the Montserrat Gallery he will bring his performance work to life on his allotted gallery wall.

July 15-19: Autum Ahn
Reception: Thu., July 18, 4 – 6pm, Gallery Talk at 4:30 pm

Ahn is formerly a Somerville-based artist who joined the Montserrat community when her exhibition was featured in the Frame 301 Gallery in 2010.  Ahn has a BFA from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. She has an interest in interdisciplinary work that combine various materials, which will be seen in the wall project she creates for this exhibition.  She currently lives and works in France.

July 22 – 26: David Teng-Olsen
Reception: Thu., July 25, 4 – 6pm, Gallery Talk at 4:30 pm

Teng-Olsen is an assistant professor at Wellesley College. His wall drawing for this project will challenge viewers to consider their thoughts and relationship to space. He relies on sketches and memories from his travels across the US to create abstract images of objects and landscapes of America in a recognizable and yet unfamiliar way.

Closing Party: Thu., August 8, 6 – 8 pm

View video from last year!

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For more information, visit contact Montserrat College of Art Galleries’ Director and Curator Leonie Bradbury at [email protected] or 978.867.9623